B is for Blue Crab: A Maryland Alphabet

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Located just below the Mason-Dixon line, Maryland is flavored with both northern and southern culture and tradition. Defined by the largest estuary in the United States (The Chesapeake Bay), Maryland's historic sites/sights include capital city Annapolis and the U.S. Naval Academy, Muddy Creek Falls, and the running of the Preakness Stakes in Baltimore. Noteworthy residents include Harriet Tubman and Francis Scott Key.Shirley C. Menendez grew up in Staunton, Virginia, and graduated from Mary Baldwin College. She ...

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B is for Blue Crab: A Maryland Alphabet

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Located just below the Mason-Dixon line, Maryland is flavored with both northern and southern culture and tradition. Defined by the largest estuary in the United States (The Chesapeake Bay), Maryland's historic sites/sights include capital city Annapolis and the U.S. Naval Academy, Muddy Creek Falls, and the running of the Preakness Stakes in Baltimore. Noteworthy residents include Harriet Tubman and Francis Scott Key.Shirley C. Menendez grew up in Staunton, Virginia, and graduated from Mary Baldwin College. She earned a master's degree in library science from Drexel University. Before joining the administrative staff of Georgetown University, she was a librarian in the Prince George's County Memorial Library System in Maryland and the Westchester Library System in New York. Shirley lives in Gaithersburg, Maryland, with her husband, who is also a writer. Laura Stutzman graduated from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, and in 1984 formed a studio called Eloqui with her husband, illustrator Mark Stutzman. She has created imagery for books and magazines, corporations, non-profit organizations, and privately commissioned portraits. Laura teaches a weeklong camp each year for children grades 8 through 12 who are serious about art. She makes her home in Mountain Lake Park, Maryland.

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Learning facts about the states we live can be tedious—just like absorbing any other factual information. There is so much to know that often the sheer amount of facts and figures can be incredibly daunting, especially for children. Here, the author has succeeded in crafting a book to make learning basic information about Maryland fun. This well-illustrated title, with photographs and artwork, uses the alphabet to teach children about the Free State. Each letter is teamed with some aspect of Maryland history or current events. For example, T is represented by Harriett Tubman, who was born into slavery in Maryland, and became one of the leaders of the Underground Railroad, helping approximately 300 runaway slaves escape to freedom. C represents the Chesapeake Bay, one of the state's most famous landmarks and home of the Maryland blue crab, represented here by the letter B. The author uses rhymes on each page, for each letter, for young readers and more detailed factual information for their older counterparts. There is also a fun "Bay Full of Facts" question and answer page to test the book's readers' new Maryland knowledge. Fifteen questions, and their answers, come from the alphabetical tour of Maryland. This book would be an excellent fit with lesson plans about Maryland state history. It will be an excellent addition to schools and libraries and a good source of basic information about the state. 2004, Thomson/Gale, Ages 4 to 6.
—Bruce Adelson, J.D.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585361601
  • Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press
  • Publication date: 9/30/2004
  • Series: Discover America State by State
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 240,062
  • Age range: 4 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.10 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 0.42 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2005

    AMAZING

    This book is verrrry good. I meet the lady that did the illustrations, Laura Stutzman, and she did such a good job with the illustrations it was amazing. I really enjoy this book, and as a future teacher, I hope to use it in my classroom. I bought it mostly because the picture were so beautiful, but I think I will use it in more than one way when I start teaching.

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